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February 24, 2005

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Charles Kuffner

Hey, I'm happy to support Wentworth's efforts, but they will go nowhere as long as Perry and Craddick are in place. Only if someone like Chris Bell picks up this ball in his race for Governor and he actually wins would I foresee anything maybe happening with this. And even that's only because the Dems will have disproportionately too few Congressional seats and thus the incentive to make a change - remember that Wentworth has been introducing this bill for years now, back when Dems had a majority of the delegation. Forgive my pessimism, but there is a reason for it.

Peter

Charles Kuffner: Thanks for adding your thoughts. I respect your opinion and understand the reasons for your pessimism.

Is there no way to create more popular pressure for this idea? By latching onto Schwarzenegger's initiative in California? By tapping into public disgust with the political process? (Or am I overestimating the latter?)

The example, nationally, of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill (and McCain's dramatic rise to national consciousness in 2000) strikes me as an example of how an apparently technical idea that has failed for years can suddenly gain traction.

Maybe, by aggressively pushing this, we can help lay the groundwork for a successful Dem gubernatorial bid (by Chris Bell or someone else) in 2006 and thus to eventual implementation of redistricting reform.

It seems worth a shot.

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